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Lange RX 110 LV - Women's Review

An extremely responsive, high performance boot that scores low in the comfort department.
2016/2017 Lange RX 110 LV
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Price:  $600 List | $359.97 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great performance, very responsive
Cons:  Seem soft for the flex rating
Manufacturer:   Lange
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 19, 2018
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RANKED
#2 of 9
  • Comfort - 30% 7
  • Performance - 40% 9
  • Features - 10% 8
  • Durability - 10% 9
  • Warmth - 10% 7

The Skinny

It was unanimous among our testers that the Lange RX 110 LV are awesome at making snappy turns, and they love going fast! With the RX 110 LV, Lange upholds their reputation for high performing, ultra sensitive, and responsive ski boots. When it comes to making those turns, these boots outperform nearly all the other contenders. These could be a great option for an advanced skier or ex-racer who is on the prowl for a snug, high-performance fit but still wants a step down from a racing boot.
Lange updated the RX 110 LV since we tested it.

This is a serious no-frills boot for serious skier ladies. We think the RX 110 LV is a great looking, durable ski boot that has simple features to keep you performing well in all types of terrain at the resort.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

One of the highest performing boots in this review, the RX 110 LV by Lange is a boot for ladies who want a highly responsive, aggressive ski boot with more comfort than a race boot. This simple boot focuses on one thing only: the down. We skied everything from bulletproof ice to soft powder in these boots, and they never let us down.

The Lange RX 110 is for an expert skier who pushes her limits in the steeps.
The Lange RX 110 is for an expert skier who pushes her limits in the steeps.

Comfort and Fit


This year we tried out the low volume or "LV" version of the RX that has a 98 mm last meant for a narrower foot. Several of our testers noticed their feet falling asleep over the course of a day of skiing and had a pressure point on the top of their feet around the navicular bone. They had to open the buckles when riding the lifts or gondola to provide some relief. In some ways, the mantra with high-performance ski boots is No Pain, No Gain. We're willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for higher performance in a ski boot. However, the Tecnica Mach 1's outperformed the RX 110's this year and are more comfortable.

The Lange RX 110 are easy to put on  but have a narrower fit than most and cause our feet to go numb.
The Lange RX 110 are easy to put on, but have a narrower fit than most and cause our feet to go numb.

We noticed that this boot's liner grabs your Achilles and locks your heel in place, which we love. If you have very wide feet, the highly customizable Salomon X-Pro 100 - Women's are a high performing boot that can be molded for feet up to 106 mms wide.

Downhill Ski Performance


These boots excel in downhill performance. Every woman who tried them during our round robin test scored them very high in this category and used the word "responsive" to describe them. The Lange RX 110's shell is designed to create a centered, balanced stance on rockered skis to increase the efficiency of technique and reduce fatigue. We noticed that they drove our fat rockered skis with ease, similar to the Mach 1's and the Nordica Speed Machine 105 Women's. The RX 110s stance is slightly more forward and aggressive (14-16 degrees) than the other boots in this review, which all tend to have very upright stances (12 degrees).

The Lange RX 110 will help you bend your skis on the hard-packed groomed runs.
The Lange RX 110 will help you bend your skis on the hard-packed groomed runs.

This year the 110 flex feels slightly truer to stiffness compared to the rest of the boots in this review, and are stiffer than the Atomic Hawx Ultra 110, but feel about equal to the Tecnica Mach 1 - Women's supposed 105 flex.

The Lange RX 110 feels at home on the groomers and in the crud.
The Lange RX 110 feels at home on the groomers and in the crud.

Overall, the RX 110 helped us stay on top of our skis and enabled us to lean into the turns. We skied all kinds of terrain with confidence in these boots — which is something an expert skier needs when she needs to make quick turns in no-fall terrain. We loved skiing both steep off-piste runs and groomed cruisers in these high performing, responsive boots.

Features


We like the RX 110's no-frills features and sleek black shell color this year.
We like the RX 110's no-frills features and sleek black shell color this year.

Just because we're ladies doesn't mean we need plush faux-fur linings or flashy colors on our boots. If looks are what counts for you, check out the flamboyant Rossignol Alltrack Pro or the Head Dream 100 for flashy colors, fur lining, and sparkles. Lange has kept this boot simple, sticking to the basic essential features. It comes with a high quality, heat-moldable Thinsulate liner, micro-adjustable buckles, and replaceable rubber lugged soles for the treacherous walk from the parking lot. We like the simple, clean, no-frills look of this boot and know we will be taken seriously when we wear them. Lange has even changed the color this year to a dark blue.

Durability


Because there are no flashy add-ons or frills, we think the RX 110 is a pretty long-lasting boot. It has beefy, replaceable lugged soles and no faux-fur to get matted or dirty. We wore these boots a lot and have not noticed much wear and tear. The new blue shell material shows scuffs much less than white, and the black micro fur liner also shows dirt and wear much less than on the other boots with white liners.

The Lange RX 110 feels at home on the groomers and in the crud.
The Lange RX 110 feels at home on the groomers and in the crud.

Warmth


The RX 110s is not a very warm boot, especially the LV version, because they have such a snug fit. All of our testers' feet went numb when wearing this boot because of this tighter fit. We found ourselves unbuckling on lift rides and wiggling our toes furiously before our next run, but we were having so much fun in this boot that we didn't want to stop to warm them up. This problem can be solved by having the liners heat molded, and they will probably pack out slightly with time. However, if you have narrow feet, then the fit may be just right. The RX 110s come with warm Thinsulate liners that we believe will keep our feet toasty once there is a proper fit. The warmest boots we tested were the Dalbello Kyra 95 ID and the Rossignol Alltrack Pro 110 because of their roomy fits.

Best Application


These boots are for your local ripper girl who wants a snug-fitting, high-performance ski boot. Advanced to expert skiers, especially former racers, will love this boot. If you are looking for a boot that feels even stiffer than the X 110, check out the Tecnica Mach 1; with a flex rating of 105, it feels more like 115. The Salomon X-Pro 11 is a great, responsive boot with fully customizable liners for only $550.

The Lange RX 110 is a good choice for a woman who is used to a race boot and wants to transition to an all-mountain model.
The Lange RX 110 is a good choice for a woman who is used to a race boot and wants to transition to an all-mountain model.

Value


The Lange has reduced the RX 110s price to $600 retail, so grab them now at this price while you can! It seems the price of this boot fluctuates by $100 season to season.The Tecnica Mach 1 is giving them a run for their money at the same price. The K2 Spyre is winning the most expensive boot competition this year at $750. The RX 110 is a top-of-the-line product with exceptional performance. If you don't need a super high-performing boot, check out the Dalbello Kyra 95 ID for a fun, comfortable, and affordable boot.

Conclusion


You will be taken seriously in the Lange RX 110 because you will be able to keep up with just about anyone. (You might have to wait on your friends!) We loved making snappy turns on the groomers and skiing steeps in them. The LV last is 98mm but and definitely feels more low volume than other boots with the same last width. It also has a more aggressive forward lean than most other all-mountain boots. The 110 flex rating is a bit of an overestimation, we would call it closer to 105, but the responsiveness makes up for the softer feel. If you're someone looking for a more race type fit, this could be what you're looking for. We have so much fun skiing these boots that we don't care that our feet went a little numb over the course of a day.

The Lange RX 110 seen with Mount Ritter and Banner  on Mammoth Mountain.
The Lange RX 110 seen with Mount Ritter and Banner, on Mammoth Mountain.


Jessica Haist